German mandate, global strategy
Rutten-Sülz is responsible for leading Solidaridad’s activities in Germany, with an emphasis on collaborating with businesses, donors and partners, developing and delivering on the strategic goals together with the global network in over 40 countries, and providing leadership to the team. Speaking of Solidaridad’s vision and strategy, Rutten-Sülz says that:
Experienced sustainability leader
Melanie Rutten-Sülz has a track record of impactful change with international network organizations, and broad sustainability and sector expertise. She studied Latin American Studies, Economics and International Relations in Cologne, Germany, and Fortaleza, Brazil. Together with GIZ Rutten-Sülz has successfully coordinated the global roundtable on the Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C Code), which has evolved to become the largest multi-stakeholder platform and mainstream sustainability standard in the coffee sector, the 4C Association. As its long-standing Executive Director, she was responsible for stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, policy influencing and multi-stakeholder dialogue. A strong advocate for collaborative action and collective impact for a farmer-centric agenda with retailers, manufacturers, traders, NGOs and governments, Rutten-Sülz co-created the Global Coffee Platform in 2016 by merging with IDH’s Sustainable Coffee Program.
In addition to her involvement in the coffee sector, she served on the board of the ISEAL alliance, the global alliance of sustainability systems, and is currently an independent honorary director on the board of Bonsucro, the global platform for sustainable sugarcane. Before joining Solidaridad, Rutten-Sülz was Secretary General of Youth For Understanding International where she built the new Global Office and delivered a new global strategy for its 55 member organizations across 6 continents.
Collaboration and networking
Please visit the website of Solidaridad in Germany to find out more.